HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 174 3 June 1951
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL - By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 9419, 4 February 1944 (Sec II, WD Bul 3, 1944), and pursuant to authority in AR 600-45, the Bronze Star Medal with Letter "V" device for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States is awarded to the following named enlisted men :
CORPORAL RAFAEL TORRES RODRIGUEZ, RA30413556, Infantry, Company "G", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 2 February 1951, near Tongwon-ni, Korea, when the second platoon was attacked by a numerically superior enemy force, Corporal TORRES RODRIGUEZ opened fire with his machine gun and, although forced to stop firing on two occasions to prevent overheating of his weapon, continued firing until the machine gun went out of action. Securing a rifle, he sucessfully repelled all enemy assaults upon his position until the machine gun was replaced. Corporal TORRES RODRIGUEZ'S heroic actions and devotion to duty materially contributed to a complete rout of the enemy and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from Puerto Rico.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.